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Outlining the keys to a successful smart grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, December 31, 2012

With 2012 nearly behind us, leaders in the utilities industry are looking ahead to determine what the next decade of smart grid evolution will hold. Smart Grid News has been collecting the thoughts of several industry leaders, and uncovered a few trends that are widespread.

According to the news source, interoperability and cyber security will be two of the biggest issues utilities will face. All companies working with smart grid technologies will need to make sure that once intelligent electronic devices are installed, they perform as they are intended to across a broad network. They will also need to receive regular, remote firmware updates.

Currently, concerns over this amount, or lack thereof, of interoperability are keeping many smart grid programs from taking off. However, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has made great strides in creating a framework to develop a better plan for the smart grid rollout. Still, the media outlet said, there needs to be more focus on testing and validation. This will greatly help regulators deliver the promised benefits of the smart grid.

SUBNET has developed innovative interoperability solutions that have attracted the attention of some of the largest utilities in North America. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, SUBNET also receives the latest patches through a proactive approach to network security. 

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